When Graeme and I first met I had an Appaloosa stallion, 1 Chihuahua and 3 Australian Kelpies, and had been involved in showing dogs for quite some time. Graeme was a boilermaker and into competitive skating. We were introduced, via a blind date, set up by two friends. Our friendship eventually evolved, two years later marrying, we have just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary.
My first introduction to the breed of Stumpy Tail Cattle dogs had been watching a lady showing the only pedigreed dogs in Australia. Every year Iris Heale of Gleniris Kennels in Brisbane would travel to Sydney for the Royal Easter show. I would watch the stumpies being judged and look at them on the benches.
Iris had a magnificent red boy that literally took my breath away. But watching was all that I could do, as the pedigreed dogs were unavailable. We kept on with the Kelpies.
Mrs Iris Heale with Ch Gleniris Stumpy and Judge Mrs P Connor.
In the middle eighties my horse